A hearing aid audiologist is a health service professional who works with hearing impairment, its identification, the prescription and fitting of hearing aids and the rehabilitation and aftercare associated with hearing aid use.
This course will equip you with all the skills that you require to practise as an associate audiologist in the NHS and a hearing aid dispenser in the private sector.
You will study a range of modules each year related to hearing and audiology. Some of these modules will be delivered on campus to provide you with practical experience in various aspects of audiological assessment and management. To support your learning in the workplace you will have access to a virtual learning environment where you will complete the rest of your modules.
In Year One, you will be expected to attend the campus four times for a week of classroom-based lectures and lab sessions. In Year Two there will only be two of these weeks. Once you return to your workplace your appointed supervisor will then support you in caring for patients/clients with hearing impairment.
Year One will focus on the basic sciences as well as the clinical procedures involved in hearing and audiology and the skills needed to manage patients/clients. You will then have an opportunity to practise these skills in your workplace.
Year Two will focus on expanding the skills developed in the first year. You will also be introduced to topics such as counselling skills while developing your knowledge about hearing aids further. This will support the development of related clinical competencies as you work with patients/clients in the workplace.
The modules listed are correct at time of posting (Mar 2017) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2018. Please check the website for any updates.
This is a two year course. You will complete a range of modules, as outlined, each year.
This blended learning course allows you to work while studying.
This is the only course of this nature offered in Scotland.
Completion of this course allows eligibility to register with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a hearing aid dispenser.
Introduction to Hearing Aid Audiology/ Communication in Clinical Practice/ Auditory Assessment 1/ Auditory Assessment 2/ Basic Anatomy/ Physiology and Pathology of the Audio-Vestibulor System/ Fundamentals of Rehabilitation/ Clinical Practice in Hearing Aid Audiology 1
Hearing Aid Technology and Assistive Listening Devices/ Aural Rehabilitation/ Deaf Culture/ Professional Issues in Hearing Aid Audiology/ Special Issues in Hearing Aid Audiology/ Counselling in Hearing Aid Audiology/ Clinical Practice in Hearing Aid Audiology 2
A typical entrant would be a student sponsored by an employer (Registered Hearing Aid Dispenser (RHAD) or Audiology Department in the NationalHealth Service (NHS)) and normally have achieved at least five 5 Standard Grades/ NAT 5 at grade C or above (preferred subjects English, Science, Mathematics). Ideally students will also have achieved at least three passes at Higher grade (preferred subjects English, Science, Mathematics) and two at Intermediate 2 in other subjects. Applications from potential entrants who have not achieved these qualifications, but are able to demonstrate relevant experience, will still be considered. Other: A satisfactory criminal records check will be required. Application: Apply direct to QMU using our online application form on our website.
IELTS at 7.0 with no component below 6.5
When you complete the course you will be able to work in the NHS as well as
in the private sector.